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Not all car batteries are the same, learn more today!

By Product Expert | Posted in Helpful Advice, Service on Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 5:43 pm
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Does it matter what kind of battery I buy for my car? 

The vehicle sitting in your driveway might be powered by an internal combustion engine, but nobody is going anywhere without a properly functioning battery. Anyone who has been caught in the rain, heat or other less than perfect weather has learned a hard lesson about how the importance of an automotive battery. If you know it’s time to make replace the battery, you are likely also wondering, ‘Does it matter what kind of battery I buy for my car?’ Well, yes. There are some considerations you need to make to avoid making a potentially costly mistake. Let’s take a closer look at a few things you might need to know. 

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How do I pick out a car battery? 

The first thing you’ll want to know when picking out a new car battery is how it fits in your specific vehicle. Each automaker will have a different method for installing a battery. Owners will need to know if the battery terminals need to be located on the top or the side of the battery. From there, you’ll need to know how much power the battery needs to produce to properly work. This will be a question of amps and that information will be located in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you get stuck, the Parts Department at Meridian Honda or any reputable auto parts store will be able to easily tell you exactly what you need.  

Are there different kinds of car batteries? 

Like anything else, the technology used in car batteries has changed. A lot of vehicles still use lead acid batteries, but higher-end, high-performance vehicles might use what is called an absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery. Instead of liquid acid being contained in the battery housing, AGM batteries essentially use pieces of fiberglass fabric soaked in battery acid to produce electricity. Traditional lead acid batteries are less expensive, but AGM batteries are leak proof and can often make more power. 

It is important to note that a vehicle that came with a lead acid battery can use a compatible AGM battery, but a vehicle that was built with an AGM battery can’t use a lead acid battery.  

If you have any questions about the best way to take care of your vehicle, please reach out to a Meridian Honda service advisor today. 

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Always great cars, great service and great people!
John Halbrook
A stress free car buying experience!! Thanks so much!
Jennifer Lee
Big thanks to Kelly Watson, Kelly Pollard and Douglas Davis! We had a wonderful experience buying our van! Great service!
Stephanie Allen Reid
I had the best ever car buying experience! Kelly Watson was friendly, funny, never pushy, and so very patient with me.
Clancy Lee Willis
Brought in my husbands truck to the body shop and WOW! What great service! Quick, friendly, and reasonably priced! Even though our vehicle isn't a Honda, they for the parts and work done faster than any other place I have been! Thanks for great service!
Leslie Horn Vollor
The absolute best place to have a car serviced! I love Meridian Honda!
Katie Elizabeth Davis
Awesome people and so easy to deal with. No need to go to Brandon or Jackson to buy a Honda!!
Beth Boatman Nabors
I've really enjoyed dealing with Adam on my last 3 Hondas The thing I like best about my new 2016 CRV is the back-up screen!!!
Wilda Gibson
I think it is an all around good business to buy a car from! The service department is absolutely wonderful, the staff is kind and caring, and they can fix your car faster than u ever thought
Lauren Pollard
Just wanted to say "Thank you!" for verifying an issue with a tire on my daughter's 2007 Honda Civic as I was driving her from the greater Houston area to Charlotte (and her on to Virginia). The Service team was friendly, accommodating, communicative at every step and if we lived anywhere close, I'd bring vehicles in there for service. Thanks again for taking care of ... us today on our travels!
Jon Walk
Caring and professional work. The people were friendly. Would recommend to everyone. I have always had a very good experience.
Came in for an oil change and tire rotation and Josh let me know a couple more things that needed to be done.
Noone was pushy, they listened to what I wanted. They were very fair to deal with. My time in and out was fast.
Fast and Friendly to the most satisfactory degree. Always ready to do what is needed and always referenced me as to the work done or needed.
Friendly staff, great service. Purchased 3 Hondas here and use them for all my service and tire needs. Sales and service are the best.
I just liked when I pulled up everybody was so friendly I love the clean building the service was excellent the service was long they were very prompt I just enjoyed my service
Salesman did a great job helping us. Had the car we wanted. Will do buisness with again when car shopping again Thanks!!!
They worked very hard to get me the car I wanted with in my payment range in a very timely manner. This dealership has a friendly atmosphere. It was an enjoyable experience. Can't say enough about Myrna, she is the best!!! Thanks for all you do!!
Can get in and out very quickly. Enjoy the coffee and friendly staff while I am waiting. Don't mind having my car serviced.
I was treated with respect, kelp up to date on repair. My salesman, Kelly Watson, was most helpful. I am always treated like I am a very special person!

Welcome to Meridian Honda in Meridian, MS

Honda has become the most-trusted brand in America. Meridian Honda seeks to follow this example and become the most-trusted dealership in the Meridian area. From our sales team, to our service department and body shop, we want our customers from the past, present and future to be confident knowing they will receive the highest level of care and respect when they visit Meridian Honda.

Our team at Meridian Honda is excited to get to know each of our customers on a personal level. At Meridian Honda, you will be able to browse an extensive selection of Honda cars, trucks, SUV's, vans and crossovers. This includes all of the headliners from the Honda model lineup, such as the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Pilot. In addition to our inventory of new vehicles, Meridian Honda is home to many top-quality pre-owned models from Honda and other brands. Take a look around our website to learn more about everything we have to offer at Meridian Honda. We look forward to your visit!